Trees without leaves, against the cloudy sky

thin places no. 2

for symphonic wind ensemble - 2012, ca 20 minutes


excerpt 1: peaceful, wandering

excerpt 3: expansive and triumphant

full recording:

excerpt 2: marching and angry

excerpt 4: resolved, soft piccolos

Reading and recording by the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by Deanna Tham. Published by Murphy Music Press.

instrumentation - symphonic wind ensemble

4Fl(1-3dPc,4dAfl), 4Ob, 4Cl(1=Ef,4=Bcl), 4Bsn(4=Cbsn), Sax quartet (sop, al, ten, bar). 4Hn, 4Trp, 4Tbn, Euph, Tuba. Db, Timp+4Perc, Hp, Pno/Cel.

program note

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In the fall, winter, and spring, I see the bare trees silhouetted against the grey sky.

The branches endlessly crisscross - always changing their pattern in the wind upon the soft, calming clouds.

Beyond them is something else: A mystery. An unknowable place.

It is ancient and distant - a realm I imagine myself going to when things move too fast and loud.

When the light breaks through, I can almost see it.